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Demon Kakka: nice look, good command of English (used to live in NYC), and a tried-and-true fan.  He's just the zany touch that a sport like Sumo needs.  Still, a little disorienting, like watching interviews of Alice Cooper discussing PGA golf.

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23 minutes ago, Yamanashi said:

Demon Kakka: nice look, good command of English (used to live in NYC), and a tried-and-true fan.  He's just the zany touch that a sport like Sumo needs.  Still, a little disorienting, like watching interviews of Alice Cooper discussing PGA golf.

In full makeup while everyone refers to him as Lord Alice Cooper MBE without actually being or lord or any of that.

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1 minute ago, Tsuchinoninjin said:

In full makeup while everyone refers to him as Lord Alice Cooper MBE without actually being or lord or any of that.

... and hearing the announcer say "So, Alice, who do you see making a move coming out of Pebble Beach?"  You have a point, the Japanese (as always) suspend disbelief better than anyone.

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13 hours ago, Gaijingai said:

Hiro Morita and Demon Kakka look back and ahead. 
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/videos/20210114124958865/

Why don't they just have them speak japanese and sub it? it's weird hearing them struggle through it in English when it seems they would be a lot more comfortable speaking their native language.

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4 hours ago, Yokozuna Hattorizakura said:

Why don't they just have them speak japanese and sub it? it's weird hearing them struggle through it in English when it seems they would be a lot more comfortable speaking their native language.

It's NHK World.  They make an effort to give content in English  (and other languages).  I appreciate it very much.  When they are interviewing a Japanese speaker, they will sub/dub.

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13 hours ago, Yokozuna Hattorizakura said:

Why don't they just have them speak japanese and sub it? it's weird hearing them struggle through it in English when it seems they would be a lot more comfortable speaking their native language.

They have very good English skill compared to a lot of tv personalities and international business people.

I think some of the unnatural ness is because the conversation is prewritten and checked by committee. So they have to remember or read.  Some of the translations seem forced by the NHK style guide (jungyo -> provincial tours)

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On 16/01/2021 at 01:24, Yokozuna Hattorizakura said:

Why don't they just have them speak japanese and sub it? it's weird hearing them struggle through it in English when it seems they would be a lot more comfortable speaking their native language.

They are speaking a lot more clearly and at a more comfortable pace than many native English speakers. Since English is not my first language, that is appreciated since I can concentrate on the content instead of having to try to decipher what they are saying.

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